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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of brownish red, with a tan colored head - nose of hops, dried vegetation, and red cherries – taste of hops, sweet, lime zest, alcohol, and syrup- body is medium, and robust , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of red fruit, citrus zest, and hops

Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice brown with a modest head, some retention and lacing. The beer is a tad bit cloudy with moderate carbonation. The smell is a bit molasses, some roasted hints, some chocolate or toffee, sweet malts also emerge. The taste is quite good and quite strong. You will find a medium body fruitiness on the front end that segues into more warming alcohol notes towards the finish. I'm detecting some heavy fruits, perhaps some fig, raisin, or apricot in the front. There is a butterscotch feel on the tongue that is pleasing as well. The beer does have a peppery snap and spiciness towards the finish and this is nicely balanced with the warming alcohol notes. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild, and the peppery snap evaporates leaving none of this in the aftertaste. A nice, strong, robust winter warmer that will keep you company in the cold months of January. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Update January 2010: The beer is quite clear, not cloudy at all. There are ABV warming notes to the beer than I first reviewed. The beer is quite sweet too. I'm getting slightly less of the butterscotch on the tongue, a bit more ABV and sweet malts, some spiciness too.

Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pint at The Elk in Spokane for $4.25.

Dark brown color with an off-white head that left lots of lace.

The nose was malty and, especially, boozy, in a bourbon-y sort of way. Some spiciness was detectable as well, but the boozy scent was definitely the most dominant component of this beer's scent.

The taste started out with a dark fruit flavor reminiscent of prunes and raisins, then was joined by the warming alcohol noted above and a peppery spiciness. There was a mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Due to it's high abv and resultant "heat", this beer comes closer to truly being a winter warmer that any other beer I've had this season. For that reason, I'd probably decline several of them at a sitting. But as a night cap or a beer to revivify meself with after being out in the cold, I'd happily quaff this beer.

Photo of uwmgdman
2.37/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a fairly clear dark brown with nice amber highlights and a thin off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty; roasty, some dark fruit, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is rather sour; moderately malty-some roast and dark fruit. There is a also a bit of an alcohol bite and medium-low bitterness. The body and carbonation are medium. The overly sour nature of the beer leads to low drinkability. Overall I could not get past the sour flavor. I think the bottle may have been a bad one, but I’ve had old/oxidized beer before and that is not the case here. A disappointment from a brewery that has satisfied me in the past.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a deep dark and hazy brown with a nice ruby colored tint coming through on the sides and bottom. A very nice three finger or more head of tan colored lace rose up across the top and stayed around for a good few minutes giving it a very full appearance and a very nice look overall. Some carbonation could be seen struggling to keep up on the sides of the glass.

S – The aroma was very sweet, full of tons of caramel and sugar with a very nice winter like smell to it. Hints of earthy roasted malts and nuts with a very much caramelized coating were readily apparent, as was a touch of alcohol on the back end of it. This was a very nice and richly warm tone coming off of it. Some slight hoppiness could be picked up as well but nothing to extravagant.

T – The flavor was wonderful, honestly just really well put together. The first thing to hit you was a wall of caramelized sugar taste mixed in with tons of earthy roasted malts and a really nice hint of nutmeg. This all rolled together very nicely and gave a very full complex flavor. Hints of a bourbon barrel like alcohol were also apparent but not too extreme. Just enough to let you know it could warm you up a bit if you needed it. Very smooth dry finish with a nice grassy sort of hop tinge to it. \

M – Very smooth and creamy, this medium bodied ale was just about perfect here. The carbonation kept it from feeling slimy or syrup like and provided that extra little bit of liveliness to keep it going. Very nice profile.

D – Almost as good as you can get as far as being a good sessionable winter beer. The flavors were sugary sweet and rich without being over the top. The abv was up there enough to let you know this was just a light lager, but mellowed enough to really be a fine session ale. Great carbonation and not an overall heavy feeling all added up to a really fantastic experience.

Overall this was easily my favorite of all the winter beers I have had so far this year. Almost perfectly created you really could not go wrong here. I would have gladly put down a few more of these, as they were just that good. A very solid offering and one that is sure to please. I would have to highly recommend this one.

Photo of Tilley4
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hell, yeah... Everything I look for in a winter warmer, this has got it.

Nice dark color, pretty head.. good lacing. Looks good.

Nice dark fruity aroma, smells very sweet.

Wonderful malty fruity taste. Not as sweet as I was expecting which is a good thing but definitely very malty. It's actually a very good balance of fruit/malt and right at the tail end, you get a kick of hops that bitters the finish up.

Best winter warmer yet. There are other seasonals that I like better, but for the style, this is it. Wish I had bought more than one bottle.

Photo of Risser09
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - Served at cellar temp

Appearance: This ale pours dark brown in color with a light tan head that rises to about 1 inch. It doesn't have much of a shelf life and gives way to the beer below. Sticky lace gets left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, Sugary sweet, Plum, dark fruit, raisin, and pipe tobacco. Overripe cherries perhaps with chocolate.

Taste: Sugary and deeply malted. A slight hop bite, but everything else is malt dominant. Candied raisins, plum, beet, cherry, blood orange and fig. Lots of dark fruit. Alcohol makes itself known in the flavor and in the warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with plenty of sugar to go around. Quite a treat of candy. Alcohol is nice and warming down to the belly. Lingering bitterness, hops?

Drinkability: This is probably the best winter warmer I have ever had, and I'm not a big fan of the style. In fact, it's probably my least favoritre style. So for a beer like this to impress me, is seldom seen. Overall, thebest winter warmer I've had. Nice for Xmas Eve. Worth trying, and possibly aging, to calm the lingering bitterness. Will age my other bottle.

Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear brown color with about an inch of white head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet toasted nut malts in the intial nose followed by a piny hop aroma that i find very inviting
t: toasted nut flavor followed by the sweet malts and hint of creamyness. Crisp with slight notes of pinny hop bitterness nicely balanced for style
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

Photo of GRPunk
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark red-brown beer with a 1-1/2 finger brownish head that left some good sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Malty and sweet. It had an almost overly fruity/medicinal aroma of something like cherry syrup.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. I picked up sweet cherries and spice with a light hop finish. It still slightly reminded me of a children's cough medicine.

M- Decent feel. It had a drying effect.

D- The drinkabiltiy really masks the 8% ABV.

Overall- Despite any critical remarks in my review, it's really a solid beer. For whatever reason, the flavor just didn't really do it for me.

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is dark amber with a bubbly off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S: Not terribly strong on the nose, especially at first -- inhaling deeply I get a bit of fruity malt and some floral, spicy hops. As it warms I get more malt and a bit of alcohol.

T: Fruity malt early in the sip -- plums and raisins come to mind. There's a bit of spice and what I described as a "bite" to it, and it finishes somewhat hot from the alcohol. A bitterness sneaks in there from somewhere as a lingering aftertaste, serves to balance it nicely.

M: Heavy in weight, but there's a real good feel to this one -- fine bubbles give it an almost spritzy feel in the mouth, resulting in a nice clean, dry finish. Oddly enough, this seems to become even more pronounced as it warms.

D: Pretty good. For a pretty heavy offering, I didn't feel myself getting bogged down.

Photo of KodyBrannon
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It poired a dark brown almost black color, with a white 1 finger head and minimal laceing.The aroma was of roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The overall taste was a strong malty flavor with a hint of roasted malt after taste. The mouthfeel of this beer is very watery and light. And the overall drinkability of this beer is decent. If I can buy a single, I would go that route, but personally wouldn't drink an entire 6-pack of this stuff. It's a decent beer that I would recomend somone to try, but I wouldn't make the effort to find this beer anywhere if it's not readily available in your area.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a chocolate brown with a nice head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is alcohol, vanilla, and some other spices I can't place.

Taste is some vanilla and cinnamon. A bit of heat from the alcohol and some hoppiness to balance it out.

Overall, a very nice winter beer. Seasonal spices and warming alcohol make this perfect for a cold winter night.

Photo of NitroGen
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz. Longneck Brown Bottle

A: Pours a maple syrup brown color with a finger of intense foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover with lacing.

S: Sweet raisins and crisp hit of of roasted grains.

T: Brown sugar, raisins, feint roasted barley with just a hint of bitter hops at the end.

M: Very well balanced, subtle and smooth with a slight tinge of alcohol in the mouth at the end. A real treat that I enjoy.

D: This is one to remember and offer to guests not wanting a dark beer but will put a glow in there bellies! Glad I have more!

After typing this review I saw that the style is a 'winter warmer', and by gosh it certainly is!!
Anyone looking to try and cellar this I recommend as this was a 2006.

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise to find this at my local beer store...

Pours a clear russet brown color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nutty, kind of sweet, with a bit of pine hops as well.

Taste is very toasted and nutty. Nice underlying sweetness and creaminess from the malts. Finish is crisp, dry and with a slightly bitter bite from the hops. Nice balance. Reminds me of a souped up brown ale.

Mouthfeel is crisp and full. Pretty nice.

Drinkability is good. Nice Winter Warmer that I am glad I was able to get my hands on at a local store. Definitely worth a try, and a nice beer for the cold weather.

Photo of letsgopens
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winter warmer to get my holiday juices flowing. This one pours a very dark woody brown with some ruby highlights. The off-white head holds decently well and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

The aroma is well pronounced and very attractive. Fruity, sweet and primarily malty. Some sweet toffee notes are present as well as toasty caramel. There is a bit of a vinous quality along with citrus, apple, and dark fruit. Very appetizing and increases the anticipation.

Very much what the nose implied. Sharp and sweet with some light, toffee, roasted malt. Good floral hops are prevalent. Also lots of fruit; again citrus and dark fruit. Complex and very flavorful. A good warmth in the finish rounds out the whole experience. One of the better examples of the style I've had; probably the best this season. Nicely done.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel initially with a nice warm finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation and the fruity finish make for a refreshing example of a winter warmer.

Photo of Gehrig
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, this Old Jubilation. I saw that the phenomenal local Piccadilly obtained a few cases of this, so I picked up a sixer. Very nice, and I'll grab more this weekend.

The presentation was mixed. I'm impressed with the color, a dark ruby-brown color, quite distinct. The head, however, was thin and dissipated quickly, leaving little lacing. The nose was better, with a good deal of chocolate but more. Spices such as cinnamon and ginger come through, as does some fruit--definitely grape. These carry through to the taste, all blending with a good hopped flavor, very impressive complexity.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a slight bitter hopped taste that I like. The relatively high ABV isn't prominent, for now anyway.

This is quite good, yet another gem from the hopped haven that is Avery. I'll certainly grab a couple sixers for storage, since I'm sure this Winter Warmer will be needed to beat back the Midwestern cold. Delicious.

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 22 oz working glass.

Pours a clear red-tinted amber capped with a fluffy tanish head that settles slowly and leaves decent lace. The nose has a bit plum like sweetness and plenty of spicy, piney hops. Alcohol comes through in the nose. On the palate malt sweetness is short-lived before giving way to the strong hops flavors and medium-high bitterness. Alcohol has a definite, biting presence and sticks in the mouth for the short, bitter finish. Medium and light carbonation mouthfeel with large alcohol presence. Drinks fairly easily for the ABV, but makes a nice sipper. The high bittering and alcohol keep it from being greatly sessionable, but a few of these would certainly warm a cold winter night.

Photo of mnapier
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Glassware, 8 ounce globe.

Appearance, is a nice deep reddish hue with some clarity. The head is a nice white foam, that recedes to reveal a tattered curtain of lace down the glass. Swirling this under the nose I detect sweetness, mild fruit, some nuttiness, and a some hop pineyness. Swallowing this roasted, with some raisins, provides a nice sweetness, with some honey and earthiness. On the mouth a weight that is medium almost mild to the swallow.

Overall a nice winter ale. Cheers

Photo of belgaridub
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with a soap-sud beige head, had to pour kind of aggressively to get the head to show up. Whoa, it smells like alcohol just pouring it. I'm getting some dried fruit smells here too and some kind of funkiness.. not exactly bread-maybe kind of chocolatey? Ok, on to the taste. Doesn't feel as heavy in my mouth as a stout or a porter, but it's not light bodied. Finishes a bit dry, with a little taste of hops back there and a little taste of alcohol, but its not overwhelming like I expected from the pour. I'm not getting a lot on the front end, maybe some chocolate and bread flavors like the smell again. This is a tasty beer--a little different than I expected, but I haven't had a lot of this style. Looks like I have more research to do this winter.

Photo of redmagik99
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured almost black but not quite. not much head. smelled like a lot of hops and a little spicy, some plum-like fruittyness. i havent had many of the winter warmer style, but this brew was a lot hoppier than i expected. to the ipa level even. this is not a bad thing, as i love hops, but while the beer was still cold the spices were barely detectable at all. as it warmed a bit of cinnamon emerged, and thats about all. tasted like a victory hop devil but with a more snappy spice taste. regardless, though, this one was real tasty. effectively hidden alcohol, low carbonation, and a medium body makes it dangerously drinkable. wish i picked up a 6 pack instead of a single 12 oz. recommended.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Deep amber/mahogany color. Very full head, heavy, slow to fall. Nice sheets of lacing.
S: Woody, earthy, chocolate malts. Tiny bit of hops, and some leafy/grassy scents.
T: Soft chocolate malts, earthy at first. Middle is tingly but not too sweet, kinda bland. Finish is soft, with some hints of spices and sugar. I think the flavors are too subtle for me to detect and describe, but the overall effect is pretty tasty.
M: Tiny hop nip, but otherwise smooth. Malty finish, but not too cloying.
D: Pretty good. No alcohol taste/feel.

Photo of awall422
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful deep red with an inch head that had good staying power and left nice lacing all the way down the pint. Aroma was failry sweet. Initial taste is almost, but not quite cloyingly sweet, with hints of raisins and prunes on the finish. The alcohol shows itself just a bit in heat, but just enough to make this a real "warming" winter ale. One of the best winter beers I've had, must find more!

Photo of Beerzebub
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brownish red color, modicum of frothy beige head, bits of lace.

Smells like doughy malt with sweet fruity solvent a bit like golden apple, cocoa, Chinese bean paste, vanilla, and some earthy, piny hops.

Tastes mainly of sweet doughy caramelized malt, and appley plummy whiskeylike solvent. Some balancing hop flavor and bitterness, but solventy fusel alcohol and/or esters dominates the finish. Certainly warming, and oddly alluring, but in an Edgar Allan Poe way, not a "jubilation" way.

Photo of kleffman
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Old Guardian glass.

Dark brown appearance with ruby red highlights when held to the light with a pillowy white head that lingers. Smells of malts, toffee and spices. Maybe a hint of cinnamon, fruity esters and some citrus hops. Tastes malty, pretty sweet and a definite hop presence that isn't overwhelming but was unexpected. A little alcoholic but I couldn't really tell it was 8%. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation and mouthfeel. One of those beers that is kind of a sipper because of all the flavor but you can't take it away from your mouth so the drinkability is above average for the style. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of jletts
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber-garnet with a rich, creamy head. Smelled of whole-grain bread and sunflower seeds with some nice fruity esters and hop bitterness. Flavors of whole grain bread mingled with a hop bite and metallic undertones; some nice, sharp, fruity hop layers occupy the taste buds for the majority of the taste. The alcohol is late in coming and doesn’t taste as strong as it really is, noticeable only after a few sips as it begins to warm the insides. The low point of this beer was the distracting metallic aftertaste. But eventually the 8% ABV takes over and warms the insides. All is forgotten.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.